Castle Douglas Schools

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Castle Douglas Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Castle Douglas school in Kirkcudbrightshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's forthcoming education needs. Which school in Castle Douglas should I position my offspring? It is a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops throughout childhood and thus a mammoth effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you choose a particular school from the Castle Douglas area?

  • Occasionally it is simple if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings before attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may well need to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments decide on a fraction of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the proximity of the school to your locality or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is usually determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Castle Douglas region. Of course as everyone knows statistics are generally flawed to some degree or other. Children's results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Class of intake to the school
  • Several Exam boards
  • Expulsions to school
  • Quality of Teaching
  • Type of School
  • Social impact of surrounding area
  • Over/Under subscribed

So there are in fact lots of variables that can increase/decrease a schools results.

Ofsted is an official body which writes reports on schools in the Castle Douglas area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Consider your offspring is to be expected to attend a Castle Douglas Primary or Castle Douglas Secondary school for a number of years, so it's imperative to realize if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a decent opening mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.